little kitchen shelf

23 May 2011

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I always need to do a little, “d0-able” project when I’m beginning a huge project (like the kitchen!) to get me motivated. I thought this little nook above the desk in the kitchen would be a perfect start. I’m not sure what it was originally used for~cookbooks? canisters? holding a big old boombox?
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The first step was to sand, prime and paint it. I used Zinsser’s oil based primer, Lowe’s Kitchen & Bath Enamel color matched to Benjamin Moore White Dove. (much more to come on the whole painting process…promise!)
Then, I used some leftover beadboard wallpaper from the laundry room in Texas to apply to the back and sides of this mysterious box above the desk. I used the same method as I did here.
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As you can see, the corners and top didn’t look too pretty, but nothing that a little caulk can’t fix:march 2011 007 1
Run a little bead of caulk along the space you want to fill in with your caulk gun, then shmear/smooth it out with your finger.
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Let it dry, paint over the wallpaper and the caulk, and then add accessories (my favorite part!)
may 2011 014 1 It gives me hope for the rest of the kitchen when I have a little spot that’s completely finished…
Happy Monday!


  1. A great project and a good job, well done! wating to see the finished thing.

  2. melissa*320 sycamore1/16/14, 11:05 PM

    The stink eye?? Lol

  3. melissa*320 sycamore1/16/14, 11:05 PM

    Yes, ma'am! I wish I used it more!

  4. Wow, what a fresh and do-able change!   It looks AWESOME!

  5. Love the little nook!  And, I love the accessories you chose to decorate it.  Can't wait to see the rest.

  6. Whoa...very timely for me, I redid a little shelf in my bathroom and want to do this very thing with the wallpaper...looks great! Your kitchen is gonna be amazing! Here's mine:

  7. Marilyn Holeman1/16/14, 11:05 PM

    Looking good,  Melissa!  I just put up a couple of small shelves in my kitchen,  and have been   pondering what to put there.  Thanks for all your great ideas!

  8. Beneathmyheart1/16/14, 11:05 PM

    That looks wonderful!  I love open shelves so much. I am hoping to do some in my new kitchen.
    Miss you!


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